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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1) Hardcover – August 3, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: John Smith has just arrived in Paradise, Ohio, just another stop in a string of small towns where the 15-year-old has been hiding out from the Mogadorians. Those terrifying aliens are hellbent on destroying him and the other nine Loric children who have sought refuge on Earth. The Mogadorians are picking off the surviving kids in numerical order. The first three are dead and John's number is up. Will his Legacies, his defining super powers, develop in time for him to fight against the enemy? I Am Number Four is a breathless page-turner of a sci-fi novel that will have readers rooting for the teen alien who must unleash his fire power to save himself, his human friends, and the planet. This is the first of a slated multi-book series that, judging by this first book, will help reinvigorate a traditional YA genre that's grown a bit light on strong character development. So, gear-up sci-fi fans, the battle for Earth is on and there's a new kid in town! --Lauren Nemroff
Will Hill's new thrilling trilogy kicks off with Department Nineteen. Recently he was able to ask some questions of the mysterious Pittacus Lore. Read the resulting Amazon-exclusive interview below, or turn the tables to see what happened when Pittacus interviewed Will.
Will: Number Four is told to blend in but he finds this a difficult task. Being a mysterious figure yourself, has this ever happened to you?
Pittacus: I have always taken great care to conceal my identity. I change my appearance regularly. I do not speak or correspond with many people. No one has ever suspected me of being what I am, which is an alien military leader with superpowers. If anyone ever does, it will be a bad day for me.
Will: Why is now the time to write the unknown history of the planet Lorien and the Nine? What do you think the people of Earth can learn from the Lorien Legacies?
Pittacus: We are in the middle of a war to save the remaining Lorien, and to save earth. We thought the people of earth might want to know about it. I hope humanity does not make the same mistake we did on our planet, which was to be unprepared the day war arrived on a grand scale.
Will: Who do you think would win in a fight, Dracula or a Mogadorian?
Pittacus: Dracula wouldn’t stand a chance. If he tried to drink Mogadorian blood he’d poison himself. It’s would be like drinking battery acid.
Will: Number Four has his legacies as his best weapon. Do you think John could be an agent of Department Nineteen?
Pittacus: Once we have vanquished the Mogadorians, maybe that is what he will become. He certainly has some mad skills.
Will: Sarah in I Am Number Four is in love with an alien. Jamie in Department Nineteen is falling for a vampire named Larissa. What makes young love just so difficult? Do you think these crazy kids/vampires/aliens will ever make it work?
Pittacus: Love is a beautiful and confusing thing. I hope they all live happily ever after.
Will: I Am Number Four has made the perfect action sci-fi movie. What has it been like to see this come to life on the big screen?
Pittacus: It’s been thrilling and fun and very cool. We’re hoping to see all six of the books become films.
Will: What can we expect in The Power of Six?
Pittacus: Six is a powerful young woman. Mogadorians fear her. In The Power of Six, we see why.
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Despite the amazing powers that many of the people of Lorien possess, the planet was defeated and its natural resources looted by Mogadorians in a matter of days. Only nine children escaped with their guardians to Earth, where they planned to hide until they developed their powers in order to defeat their enemies and revive Lorien. The Mogadorians hunt the Nine and have already killed three of them. And that's just the backstory. When Number Four, bearing the name "John Smith," moves to Paradise, OH, he runs afoul of the school bully, falls for the most beautiful girl in town, and befriends the local alien conspiracy nerd in short order. There is plenty of great action, but the dialogue is average, as is the character development. With its interesting premises and a fast-pace telling, the story will grab readers who are willing to suspend quite a bit of disbelief. Others, who like their science fiction with a bit more science and internal logic, will have to search elsewhere.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
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I am telling you: READ THIS BOOK!!! If you don't, your gonna wish that you had.
This book is also great for getting kids to read that usually don't read. I knew someone who almost never read, but once they picked up this book, they couldn't get enough.
This book is a must read. Happy reading!
Once John and Sarah started dating, it was a bunch of gushy mushy stuff. "Hey Beautiful" EW NO STOP.Anyways, how are we teenage boys (I'm assuming we are the target audience) supposed to read through that? It was cool that he got hooked up, but c'mon. We get it, you guys love each other. We don't need to be reminded every couple of pages.
A LOT of foreshadowing was used to the point where you could could predict more than you should've been able to. The second I read about the shapeshifting animals, I predicted that Bernie Kosar was one of them. Guess who was correct? ;) This might not have been foreshadowed really (except for when Henri told John the box can only be opened by the two of them- unless one of them died) but who didn't see Henri's death coming? I told myself to not get attached to him because I thought he was destined to die. Guess who was right about that too? ;)
My final complaint would have to be the GOSH DARN CLICHES. He has a crush on a [blonde hair blue eyed] girl who just so happened to be the ex girlfriend of the captain of the football team. He befriends an antisocial, nerdy kid who's into sci-fi. Are you kidding me? What the knick knack frick frack tic tac pattywack quarterback booty crack sneak attack belly fat high hat sewage flap dead rat uncle pat monkey trap ARE YOU DOING PITTACUS LORE???
Well that's it folks, tune in next month when I give my review on "The Power of Six"
Great read and you will have to buy the whole series. Too bad they did such a poor move.